Forging ties across borders

Sat Dec 07,2013

Namibia Film Commission

What to expect: Filming opportunities in Namibia. Get help with obtaining filming permits as well as 15% VAT refund as additional incentive. Co-production and training opportunities are available.

Royal Film Commission of Jordan


What to expect: Production services for TVCs, corporate videos, feature and short films and TV series.

Thailand Film Office

What to expect: Filming opportunities in Thailand and how to obtain shooting permits.

Advanced Media Training

What to expect: The latest on professional 4K video and photography equipment and accessories. Brands available include Sony, G.F.M., Carl Zeiss and Angenieux,
Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)

What to expect: Training options for young Emirati film-makers. Networking opportunities for students.

Mile Studios

What to expect: Post-production services. Mile Studios has nine films participating at DIFF 2013 (three of which are features).

Pearl Legal

What to expect: A wide range of legal services related to entertainment law with specialists in both UK and UAE law, including intellectual property-related issues, sponsorship agreements, production agreements and crew-hiring agreements.

Foundation Liban Cinema

What to expect: A selection of Lebanese films seeking sales and distribution and co-production opportunities. Interested film-makers can also get information on filming location in Lebanon and information on obtaining necessary permits. The Foundation Liban Cinema has nine films screening at DIFF 2013.

Dubai Moving Images Museum

What to expect: Over 300 rare antiques tracing the history of cinema are on display at the museum located in Tecom, which houses the collection of Akram Miknas, chairman of the Middle East Communications Networks. Cinemaphiles can get an idea of what to see if they decide to visit the museum.

Documentary Voices

What to expect: A range of film-making workshops, led by award-winning film-maker Ross McElwee (SHERMAN’S MARCH and BRIGHT LEAVES), Yemane Demissie of New York University and casting director Nancy Bishop. These will run concurrently with DIFF. Specialised training programmes can be organised, both regionally and internationally.


What to expect: A full-service production company, producing feature films, TV commercials, corporate videos and documentaries.

Adastra Films

What to expect: Consulting services ranging from the sales and distribution of shorts, script development, production and post-production. Film-makers can visit the stand for advice on their or even bring a clip of their short for evaluation.

1. -20. Dubai Film TV

MAD Solutions

What to expect: A pan-Arab integrated independent studio, offering sales, distribution, marketing and publicity services in addition to content provision and celebrity representation. MAD Solutions has five films participating at DIFF 2013 that it has helped in sales, distribution and marketing. The MAD Culture division works in providing film education programmes, screenings at cultural and educational institutions, consultation and creation of content.

Agence Algerienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel – Algeria

What to expect: A wide selection of Algerian titles seeking sales and distribution. Cultural exchange opportunities are available.

21-24. French Cinema

Zoom In Focus

What to expect: Two feature scripts (BRIDE OF THE NILE and ALEXANDRIA 54 YEAR OF DECEPTION) and a documentary (THE END OF BROTHEHOOD). Partnership opportunities available for all aspects of the films, including financing, production and post-production services. The firm is also open to selling the rights of one of the films and is seeking a director for another.

Doha Film Institute

Filmi – USA

What to expect: Funding opportunities, training and development as well as marketing and distribution of films. Filmi focuses on Emirati films or films that at least have an Emirati element. 


What to expect: A 30% rebate scheme on international TV production spend in Abu Dhabi. The media and entertainment hub offers internationally experienced crew and a dedicated pool of freelancers, post-production facilities and distribution, playout and media management services.


What to expect:The latest cinema series cameras from Canon, including the award-winning Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera and the EOS C300.

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